Project Members


Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown (Principal Investigator, Field School Instructor)

559939_10152040369142993_1041574583_n copyMeaghan is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Program at Athabasca University; Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary; and Fellow of the Latin American Research Centre, University of Calgary. She received her BA Honours in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (2003); an MA with Distinction in Artefact Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (2004); and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (2013). Meaghan’s research focuses on the built environment and production studies of material culture in Mesoamerica. She investigates how individuals, households, and communities negotiated their positions in locally and regionally defined socio-political and economic institutions, and the impact of such negotiations on overall processes of ancient settlement and urban/urban-like development.


Dr. Shawn G. Morton (Co-Director, Field School Assistant)

Shawn - 2010 - TCU s.08Shawn is currently a Lecturer at Northern Arizona University.  He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary (2015), where he is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor, and is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. His research interests focus on the roles of architecture/built space, ritual, and religion in the constitution of group identity at both the local and polity levels (particularly in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean), and approaches many of these topics from the context of cave use. In addition to being Field Director of SCRAP, Shawn is currently co-Director of the Central Belize Archaeological Survey (CBAS), Belize.


Dr. Kathryn Reese-Taylor (Field School Instructor)

11713784_10153966710274409_1038772635154681980_oKathryn is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Calgary. Her current research focuses on the development of complexity among the Maya during the Preclassic period. She is particularly interested in landscape archaeology, the formation of early communities, and the development of urbanism in the tropical lowlands. She has conducted fieldwork at several Maya sites in the tropical lowlands. She is Principal Investigator of the Yaxnohcah Archaeological Project, focused on the origins of Maya communities and low-density urbanism in southern Campeche.


Dr. Linda Howie (Research Collaborator-Ceramics, building materials, petrography, etc.) 

Picture1Linda is Founder & Managing Director of HD Analytical Solutions and Co-Founder of Material Legacy, professional consultancy companies specializing in materials characterization research, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and the cultural biography of objects; Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Western Ontario; and a Research Associate of the Center for Human-Environmental Research (CHER) and Sustainable Archaeology.

Linda holds an Honors B.A. in Classical Studies and Anthropology and an M.A. in Anthropology (Bioarchaeology) from the University of Western Ontario, Canada; a M.Sc. in Archaeomaterials (Archaeometric Analysis of Material Culture) from the University of Sheffield, U.K.; and a Ph.D. in Archaeology & Archaeological Sciences from The University of Sheffield, U.K.

Linda works at the crossroads of Anthropology, Materials Engineering, and the Earth Sciences, using scientific methods to investigate the material biographies of ancient and historic artifacts and building materials, and their wider cultural and historical significance. Her research in archaeology focuses on determining the geographic origins of pottery and stone artifacts, reconstructing ancient and historic production technologies, and tracing patterns of resource extraction, fabrication processes, and exchange networks.

Dr. Joanna Potter (Research Consultant-Geology)

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Ms. Jill Jordan (Lab Director and PhD Researcher)

30127073_10103686635724316_1167828258054471680_nJill is currently a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation research addresses learning networks and communities of practice among Late Classic, non-elite Maya potters at Baking Pot and Uxbenká, Belize. Her research interests include ceramic typological analysis, ceramic technology, domestic craft production, regional interaction networks and economic systems, intracommunity household organization, thin section petrography, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA), sedimentary geology, and ancient Maya acquisition, manipulation, and use of clay and rock resources for ceramic production. In addition to SCRAP, she is also the lab director and ceramic analyst for the Central Belize Archaeological Survey (CBAS) and continues to conduct research on ceramic technology with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) project.

Mr. Dave Blaine (Field School Assistant, MA Researcher)

Windy_BW_WebDave is a photographer, videographer, and cartographic specialist born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.  After completing his BA in Archaeology at the University of Calgary (2002), Dave continued his education at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, earning a certificate in Photography (2006) and a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Geographic Information Systems (2016). Dave specializes in visual storytelling; using photographs, videos, and maps.  He has produced award-winning map products and served a variety of clients in the travel and real-estate industries, as well as in the fields of wild-life conservation, heritage, and archaeology.  Throughout his entrepreneurial career he has combined his passions for communication, graphic design, research, and analytics in order to visualize complex subjects in accessible and informative ways.


Ms. Megan Williams (Field School Assistant, MA Researcher)


Mr. Matt Longstaffe (PhD Researcher)

Matt will be starting a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Calgary in Sept. 2018


Mr. H. Chiac (Foreman, Maya Mopan resident)


In addition to the above mentioned individuals, each year we have numerous local field assistants and archaeology field students from Belize, Canada, US, and beyond as part of our amazing team.



  • Dr. Tristan Carter, McMaster University (obsidian analysis & EDXRF consultant/collaborator)
  • Colin Elliot, Athabasca University (visualization technology consultant/collaborator)
  • Dr. Kelly Monteleone, Mount Royal University & University of Calgary (GIS consultant/collaborator)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Paris, University of Calgary (lithic analysis, pXRF consultant/collaborator)
  • Lorraine Stratkotter, University of Calgary (AU Virtual Archaeology Lab assistant)
  • Dr. Tawny Tibbits, University of Iowa (ground stone analysis & pXRF consultant/collaborator)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Webb, University of Western Ontario (Biochemistry collaborator)




We took a break to catch up, regroup, and refocus our investigations.


Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown (Athabasca University); Dr. Shawn Morton (University of Calgary); I. Cal, H. Chiac, J. Chiac, S. Chiac, Virginia Chiac (Independence Junior College), G. Choc, Teaghan Koster (Lakehead University), Cristina Oliveira (University of Florida), J. Paquiul, Kelsey Pennanen (Lakehead University), Z. Tush, Megan Williams (Athabasca University)


Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown (Athabasca University); Dr. Shawn Morton (University of Calgary); I. Cal; J. Cal; G. Choc; Lisa Green (Galen University); Jesucita Guerra (University of Belize); Brittany Johnson (University of Calgary); J. Paquiul; Tawny Tibbits (University of Iowa)


Dr. Sonja Schwake (Franklin & Marshall); Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown (McMaster University); G. Choc;  J. Paul (McMaster University); S. Moodie (Trent University); J. Paquiul; L. Salam